The greatest change in chemicals regulation started in 2000 with the introduction of the International Material Data System (IMDS), a standard in the automotive industry for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The web-based system solved the problem that the auto industry had in keeping track of the thousands of articles included in the production of a single vehicle, provided by many different suppliers (Tier 1, Tier 2, etc.). Knowing what is included their product enables auto makers to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation.
This commercial standard is used by the biggest OEMs. Today in the auto market, you cannot make sales if you haven’t submitted your product information to the IMDS.